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Magpie in flight, Ham Hill
11.4.13 Chris Spracklen

Magpie in flight, Ham Hill

Ham Hill, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Somerset view map

Pica pica

This bird was in a small tree, around 20 metres from where I was standing, when it suddenly took off.
I managed to follow it with the camera set to continuous focus and using the 70-200 f2.8 lens fully extended.

"With its noisy chattering, black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie
in the UK. When seen close-up its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a
purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail." (RSPB)

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Alexander Kazakov06-May-2015 15:30
Beautiful capture! V
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik07-May-2013 06:48
Super flight capture Chris!!
Alain Boussac30-Apr-2013 05:42
What a beauty ! Exceptional image, Chris. BV.
Simon Chandler29-Apr-2013 22:45
Excellent capture of the perfect wing form of the subject with great clarity and rich tone. So beautiful! v
Gary West29-Apr-2013 20:34
Just a spectacular image, tack sharp excellent depth of field and beautiful color.
Great wok Chris. V
Mark Chambers LRPS29-Apr-2013 20:21
This is perfect.v
Tom Munson29-Apr-2013 03:19
This is outstanding, Chris! Great shot!
Tom Murray27-Apr-2013 03:57
Great shot!
CM Kwan27-Apr-2013 03:16
Excellent capture, Chris. V
Stephanie25-Apr-2013 09:54
A brilliant capture of this bird in flight! Extra special image as you were able to photograph the top side of the bird while flying! BV
lou_rozensteins25-Apr-2013 03:01
Terrific detail. Well done.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad25-Apr-2013 01:45
Well done! V
Kim24-Apr-2013 15:56
This is beautiful Chris, great timing and great details! V
godro24-Apr-2013 13:46
Nice pose and flight shot , well done!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography24-Apr-2013 13:11
Excellent shot, Vote !
Marcia Colelli24-Apr-2013 11:25
Wonderful flight capture of this beautiful bird. Great colors. I tried so hard to get a picture of this bird when I was visiting my daughter in Germany last summer. V
René Gysi24-Apr-2013 09:19
Very nice flight image, Chris. Good detail and sharpness. Congratulations. Vote
Fong Lam24-Apr-2013 08:20
Fantastic well detailed flight shot, Chris! V
Sam Rua24-Apr-2013 04:14
It just can't get any better than this. Super capture, Chris. V.
Sandy Rich23-Apr-2013 20:41
Fantastic timing and shot. Nicely captured.
Al Chesworth23-Apr-2013 19:49
An exceptional shot Chris. V
Tom LeRoy23-Apr-2013 19:41
A great shot, Chris! Full wing span and those beautiful Magpie colors. Well done in flight, they are hard to catch..V
John Reynolds23-Apr-2013 18:50
Great capture, Chris!
Nestor23-Apr-2013 18:43
Fantastic execution of this in flight with your fantastic sharp lens.
Composition perfect and resolution razor sharp, the colors on this Magpie
are beautiful.
lucanton23-Apr-2013 18:30
Superbe capture en vol et les couleurs sont magnifiques, Chris! V
Marco Valk23-Apr-2013 17:45
Helen Betts23-Apr-2013 15:05
Wow, Chris, terrific in-flight capture! Great timing on your part, and the color of the plumage is awesome. V.
The Heritage man23-Apr-2013 13:59
That's a magnificent capture Chris. Sharp all the way and love the details.
meekam tam23-Apr-2013 13:50
Very beautiful and sharp! V
Char23-Apr-2013 12:50
Outstanding detailed capture, Chris with terrific colours.
pkocinski23-Apr-2013 11:37
Awesome capture Chris!
Gary A. Rich (GRainelev)23-Apr-2013 11:05
Chris, this is really a superb image. The bird is tack sharp. Well done. V.
Colin Storey23-Apr-2013 10:19
Fantastic detailed flight shot, great camera work. v
alfredo camba jr.23-Apr-2013 10:10
Wow!! What a beautiful capture, Chris! BV
shatterbug23-Apr-2013 08:27
Wow, great freeze...tack sharp!
Zoltán Balogh23-Apr-2013 07:08
Excellent image Chris! V
Chris Morton23-Apr-2013 06:23
OK, youve justified the 70-200 in one; could never have done it with the 80-400. Bother, didn't think I needed any more photographic bits
joseantonio23-Apr-2013 04:18
Amazing capture of this flight. You did a lovely job.V
Don Mottershead23-Apr-2013 04:06
Terrific capture.
Gérard Koehl23-Apr-2013 02:49
Perfect. V
globalgadabout23-Apr-2013 02:11
just the moment with those splayed feathers and a peek at the fabulous colours...V
Mildred Alpern23-Apr-2013 01:24
The iridescence is clearly viewed. Just marvelous.
Hank Vander Velde23-Apr-2013 01:08
Terrific flight shot Chris.
Jean Chiasson23-Apr-2013 00:04
Wonderful image and great timing Chris vote
Range View 22-Apr-2013 23:35
Fabulous colours and feather extension in this splendid flight shot Chris.
Walter O. Koenig22-Apr-2013 23:27
Great one Chris. Sharp and clear with wonderful color and detail. Fine shooting my friend. "V"
janescottcumming22-Apr-2013 22:49
Yikes! That's so sharp. Wonderful work. V
mart s22-Apr-2013 22:30
wow what a fantastic capture... big vote chris
larose forest photos22-Apr-2013 22:08
Fabulous flight shot of this large, colourful bird. I am rather partial to magpies, as they are cheeky and clever. V
Mike H.22-Apr-2013 22:07
It's like his mission just then was to show you the flight plumage he'd been blessed with..
Am convinced that there is nothing you cannot photograph beautifully. Superb, Chris!!
Ken Chambers ARPS22-Apr-2013 22:06
Fantastic Chris, I certainly have never seen such a beautiful picture of a Magpie.
Roland22-Apr-2013 21:42
A fantastic image Chris. I have never seen a Magpie with wings spread like this to show
the color pattern. Outstanding!! V
Jim Coffman22-Apr-2013 21:40
Just beautiful Chris! Such a colorful bird!!
Martin Lamoon22-Apr-2013 21:33
Perfect capture Chris, the colours are amazing. v
Kevin Warren22-Apr-2013 21:29
You caught him perfectly, Chris, nice work!
SageCreek Images22-Apr-2013 21:27
Excellent job in panning on this flight shot...
Jay Levin22-Apr-2013 21:24
Outstanding flight capture, Chris. Tack-sharp and perfect exposure on the whites.
John Hamers22-Apr-2013 21:22
Beautifully captured in flight !!V
Patricia Kay22-Apr-2013 21:17
Love this fantastic image Chris...exquisite details and colors...BV
Earl Misanchuk22-Apr-2013 21:11
Beautiful capture, Chris. The colours are magnificent. V
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